The Lantern Lyrics - The Rolling Stones

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We, in our present life,
Knew that the stars were right.
That if you are the first to go,
You'll leave a sign to let me know,
Tell me so.
Please, carry the Lantern lights.

You crossed the sea of night,
Free from the spell of fright
Your cloak it is a spirit shroud.
You'll wake me in my sleeping hours,
Like a cloud.
So, please, carry the Lantern high.

Me, in my sorry plight,
You waiting ev'ry night.
My face it turns a deathly pale,
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You're talking to me, through your veil,
I hear you wail.
So, please carry the Lantern light.

The servants sleep,
The doors are barred.
You hear the stopping of my heart-we never part.
So, please carry the Lantern high.

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Stylistically an obvious extension of "In Another Land." | Reviewer: Sir Tarry Boy | 5/9/14

The lyrics are nearly Poe -like in their resignation and knowing. The Stones weightier lyrics always had a obvious nod to Dylan. Also this song seems to hang in mid-air, not even the polarity one associates with a slow ballad. All that said it is certainly a product of its time. A dollar to a donut says they have never performed this song live.

Death Pact? | Reviewer: D.R. B. | 3/9/13

This song has never made total sense to me. The best that I can figure is that the song about lovers making a suicide pact in order reincarnate together in another life. "We in our present life, knew the stars were right." The character sings of his "sorry plight". He apparently bars the doors to keep anyone from stopping him from killing himself: "You hear the stopping of my heart. We never part." The song was on the "Their Satanic Majesties Request" album. Thanks Mick for leaving us an enigma.

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